PHI 413 Topic 4 DQ 2 NEW

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Because everyone’s life is deemed valuable to God, the choice of suicide or euthanasia contradicts this and is therefore considered sin. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Initial discussion question posts should be a minimum of 200 words and include at least two references cited using APA format. Responses to peers or faculty should be 100-150 words and include one reference. Refer to the “Discussion Question Rubric” and “Participation Rubric,” located in Class Resources, to understand the expectations for initial discussion question posts and participation posts, respectively.

A Sample Answer For the Assignment: PHI 413 Topic 4 DQ 2 NEW

Title: PHI 413 Topic 4 DQ 2 NEW

As I’ve read through our discussion posts this week in both our topics, I’m again and again impressed by your willingness to be vulnerable and professional about some very difficult subjects. I’d like to use this post to summarize what I’ve seen and enjoyed this past week in both of our DQ’s. 

In DQ #1, I have to say I admire your candidness in discussing the losses you have encountered, both in the workplace with patients and in your own personal lives. I am truly amazed by your stories. You are a tough, battle-hardened bunch! Thank you for doing such a great job on this topic; I not-so-secretly hope that the discussion was also somehow therapeutic if you needed it to be. It can make all the difference in the world to know someone else has gone through or is going through the same thing. 

In DQ #2, what I’ve observed very often is that we think suicide, and by corollary assisted suicide and euthanasia, is sinful, but there is a strong minority of us that wrestle with why it is wrong to deny a patient the autonomy to choose that action if certain (i.e. terminal) circumstances are in place. This isn’t a tension I’ll try to resolve for you with a “magic answer,” because I see both sides and have trouble deciding myself. This isn’t to say I’m not being biblical–I’m fully aware of the commandment not to murder–but I also am aware of the command to steward what we have while we have it.

Everything we have comes from God, whether it be our loved ones or our health or even our finances, and I wonder if it is more biblical in a stewardship sense for someone who is a terminal patient to seek out a method of treatment that would steward their loved ones well by not leaving them in an impossible medical debt mess. (Please don’t throw rocks! I’m not decided on this, just mulling it over!) In this case, then the issue is recognizing that there may be a conflict in two biblical priorities–the commandment not to murder and the principle of stewardship–and the reasoning needs to turn to which priority is more important and comes ahead of the other. (This personal thinking out loud just to give you a sample of how philosophical ethics works.) 

Finally, in our second DQ we have been asking some terrific questions about the technical details of assisted suicide and what counts as assisted suicide versus what does not–this is an especially valuable part of our conversation when we consider we’re a digital classroom of active healthcare practitioners! I have genuinely enjoyed following along this part of the conversation. 

All said, in the end this has been a great week. Keep up the good work–we’ve only got one week to go! 

A Sample Answer 2 For the Assignment: PHI 413 Topic 4 DQ 2 NEW

Title: PHI 413 Topic 4 DQ 2 NEW

The question of whether suicide or euthanasia is considered a sin often depends on one’s religious, cultural, or ethical beliefs. Different religious traditions have varying views on the sanctity of life and the circumstances under which ending one’s life may be considered acceptable or sinful.

For example, some religious traditions emphasize the sanctity of life and argue that intentionally causing one’s death, whether through suicide or euthanasia, goes against the divine order. Others may consider the alleviation of suffering and the autonomy of an individual in making end-of-life decisions (Bogue et al., 2022).

It’s important to note that people hold diverse views on this matter, and perspectives can be shaped by a variety of factors, including cultural background, personal experiences, and religious teachings. Debates about the ethical and moral implications of suicide and euthanasia often involve complex considerations of human dignity, suffering, and the value of life.

Ultimately, opinions on this issue can be deeply personal and influenced by a range of factors, and individuals may arrive at different conclusions based on their unique perspectives and beliefs.

Personally, I do not agree with suicide or euthanasia. I  believe in God’s holy word and live by his words given to us through the bible. In the book of Revelations 22:7,12,14 says Behold, I come quickly, blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 12: And , behold, I come quickly: and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  The sixth commandment says thou shall not kill, therefore suicide and euthanasia go against God’s word. 

Bogue, D. W., Hogan, M., White, N. H., Hoehner, P. J., Self, C. W., & Evans, K. A. (2022). Practicing dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision-making in health care (2nd ed). Grand Canyon University.